Donald Trump says he could name Federal Bureau of Investigation head by next week

Donald Trump says he could name Federal Bureau of Investigation head by next week

He said an announcement could come "soon" and that former Sen.

The President interviewed four candidates on Wednesday at the White House.

"This is a moment where we need a law enforcement professional that's never campaigned for a presidential candidate, never campaigned for office, never worn a party label to head the FBI", McCaskill said.

Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt".

Today marked the first time since the appointment of a special counsel that Trump publicly addressed Comey's firing and the subsequent news of a memo written by the ex-FBI director. Comey was tasked with investigating Russia's potential involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election. Joe Lieberman was among his top choices for the job.

Another partner in the same firm is David Friedman, Trump's new ambassador to Israel.

Lieberman gave reporters a thumbs-up as he left the White House on Wednesday and said he and Trump had a "good meeting".

Trump referred to Comey's testimony at a recent Capitol Hill hearing after which the Justice Department ended up having to amend part of his testimony regarding last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices.

"Some Senate Democrats hold a grudge against Lieberman for his rightward turn and opposition to some of President Barack Obama's agenda late in his Senate career", Politico's Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim wrote Thursday.

"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said.

The 55-year-old Garcia, a registered Republican, served as Manhattan U.S. attorney from 2005 to 2008. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican in the Senate, said Mr Lieberman "may be the only potential nominee that could get 100 votes that I know of". After losing the Senate primary in part because of Connecticut Democrats' betrayal and unwillingness to support a so-called moderate, Lieberman ran as an Independent and won by 10 percentage points. "John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee".

The president's tweets drew little reaction from fellow Republicans, who instead joined Democrats in heaping praise on Mueller, a longtime respected lawman who served under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, preceding Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I don't think there's going to be much excitement about that from our side of the aisle".

Several candidates have withdrawn from consideration: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Cornyn; Alice Fisher, the former head of the Justice Department's criminal division; and Michael Garcia, a former US attorney from Manhattan.